ONLINE CLASS: Inspire Your Poetry Writing through Visual Art (2175)

Two Saturdays: July 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m

$80.00 (10% off for members)

Visual art can offer rich inspiration for writing, just as writing can deepen your connection to a work of art. Join Mary Hall Surface, playwright, teaching artist and popular creative writing instructor for the Smithsonian Associates, the National Gallery of Art and more, for a close look at paintings by 20th century artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Alma Thomas. Experiment with diverse poetic forms in response to O’Keeffe’s Shell No. 1, Thomas’ Light Blue Nursery and more. Participants discover how multi-sensory explorations of rich works of art and diverse writing prompts can uncover new potentials as writers. Designed for the curious and writers of all forms. Two Saturdays: July 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m EST Online Class. 

Books: (Recommended as additional resources, not required.)

A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver (9780156724005)

O’Keeffe: Days in a Life by C.S. Merrill (9780963190987)


Mary Hall Surface, teaching artist, playwright, and theatre director, presents workshops nationwide as a Kennedy Center teaching artist, as a Smithsonian Associates guest artist, as the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s Writing Salon, and as a faculty member of Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom, 2014- 19. Her plays have been produced at theatres, museums, and festivals throughout the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Canada, including 17 productions at the Kennedy Center. She has written and directed five plays for the National Gallery of Art inspired by visual art. She has been nominated for nine Helen Hayes Awards, receiving the 2002 Outstanding Director of a Musical. Mary Hall has published 12 plays, 3 original cast albums, 2 collections of scenes and monologues, an anthology of her plays and numerous articles. She was the founding artistic director of the DC’s Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival and was a member of Arena Stage’s 2017 Playwrights’ Arena. The National Gallery of Arts’ Writing Salon was featured in The Washington Post Magazine

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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A Poetry Handbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156724005
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Mariner Books - August 15th, 1994

O'Keeffe: Days in a Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780963190987
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: La Alameda Press - December 31st, 1995